Sayers breaks record as Bucs defeat VMI 3-1

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It was a memorable night at Summers-Taylor Stadium, as seniors were honored and a record was broken in ETSU’s 3-1 win over VMI Friday night.

With the win, ETSU head coach Adam Sayers became the winningest coach in Buccaneer women’s soccer history. Sayers now holds an 80-63-6 record in his eight years as head coach.

“I love this program and this university so it’s an absolute honor for me to earn that…but all the credit goes to the players,” Sayers said. “We’ve had some wonderful players and wonderful teams over the years. All of those wins are dedicated to those players and the teams because they are the ones that earned them.”

Eleven of those players were honored on ETSU’s senior night prior to the contest.

After a scoreless first half, ETSU immediately changed the pace of the game in a matter of seconds into the second period en route to the 3-1 win.

Senior Eleonora Goldoni (Ferrara, Italy) passed the opening kick from the midfield line to Fiona Dodge (Pontypool, Wales), who noticed the opposing keeper off her line and bounced one over her head and into the net for the first goal.

The Bucs then took a 2-0 lead in the 68th minute as senior Isabel Hodgson (Adelaide, Australia) kicked one through off an assist from Sarah Connolly (Ballygowan, Northern Ireland).

In the 83rd minute, sophomore Maegan Sours (Erie, Colo.) scored after two rapid fire shots from Goldoni and Hodgson, as the seniors indirectly set up Sours for an open shot to put ETSU ahead 3-0. The Keydets would score one minute later, but it was too late as ETSU capped the win in the final minutes.

Senior goalkeeper Lea Ann Cutshall (Johnson City, Tenn.) played 82 minutes for ETSU and left with four saves and no goals allowed. Fellow senior Myah Huss (Collierville, Tenn.) took over the final eight minutes for Cutshall, entering the game to a standing ovation.

ETSU is now 4-2 in conference play and will play its final home game of the 2018 regular season against the UNCG Spartans Oct. 14. Kickoff on Sunday is set for 2 p.m

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